Kumquat Festival likely to attract thousands

In the beginning, there was the kumquat. It’s a tiny fruit, with a slightly sweet and tangy, tangy taste. And, it’s the centerpiece of an annual tradition that often introduces visitors to Dade City’s Old-Florida charm. The festival that pays homage to the diminutive orange fruit began two decades ago, when Phyllis Smith, Roxanne Barthle and Carlene Ellberg were looking for a way to … [Read more...]

Kumquats reign supreme at Dade City festival

They take the cake and the pies at the festival. The first kumquat tree in St. Joseph took root more than 100 years ago, when C.J. Nathe planted it in his backyard. He added a few more, and soon he had a small grove on an acre of fertile ground. The kumquat king, as Nathe was later dubbed, transformed a quiet back road community into the Kumquat Capital of the World. An open house will … [Read more...]